Tokashiki reaches deal to remain with WNBA's Storm

Feb 13, 2016

Tokashiki reaches deal to remain with WNBA's Storm

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Star forward Ramu Tokashiki has signed a multiyear contract with the Seattle Storm, the WNBA club announced on Friday. Although the length of the contract was undisclosed, Tokashiki’s return to the team shows that she’s an important piece of the puzzle for the rebuilding ...

Iran edges Japan to claim bronze medal

Oct 3, 2015

Iran edges Japan to claim bronze medal

Iran topped Japan 68-63 to take the FIBA Asia Championship bronze medal on Saturday, beating Japan for the second time in the tournament and ensuring the reigning champion finished its title defense with a win. Iran’s Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami was unstoppable in the ...

Japan falls to Philippines in semifinals

Oct 3, 2015

Japan falls to Philippines in semifinals

The Philippines held off Japan in the second semifinal of the FIBA Asia Championship on Friday, riding a hot-shooting fourth period to advance to the final with an 81-70 win. The 11-point final margin did not reflect the closeness of the game, as Japan ...

Japan hoping to earn semifinal berth at Asia championship

Sep 30, 2015

Japan hoping to earn semifinal berth at Asia championship

A win against Qatar is all that stands between Japan and an Asia championship semifinal place, and with Thursday’s winner booking a place in the Rio 2016 pre-Olympic qualifying tournament, it will be a very important day for basketball in Japan. Qatar has had ...

Takeuchi double-double steers Japan past India

Sep 25, 2015

Takeuchi double-double steers Japan past India

Joji Takeuchi carried Japan to an important 83-65 victory over India in the final preliminary round group game of the FIBA Asia Championship on Friday. Takeuchi delivered a 22-point, 19-rebound performance, shouldering a big load to ensure that Japan would advance to the second ...

Japan routs Malaysia in FIBA Asia clash

Sep 24, 2015

Japan routs Malaysia in FIBA Asia clash

Japan got its FIBA Asia Championship campaign back on track on Thursday, demolishing Malaysia 119-48 to secure the team’s first victory of the tournament. It was a complete turnaround from Japan’s first game in which the team’s top scorer, Joji Takeuchi, had 10 points. ...

Japan falls to Iran in Asia championship opener

Sep 23, 2015

Japan falls to Iran in Asia championship opener

Japan’s first game at the FIBA Asia Championship ended in a 86-48 loss against tournament heavyweight Iran in China on Wednesday. Japan had no answers for Iran’s balanced attack, which saw every player on the roster score and Oshin Sahakian’s 15 points and six ...

Matsui ready to be shooting star

Sep 19, 2015

Matsui ready to be shooting star

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The lack of a presence underneath the basket has been Japanese basketball’s everlasting issue. So Kenji Hasegawa, the current men’s national team head coach, looks more to his outside players than inside muscle, relying on their perimeter shooting to carry the offense. That said, ...

JBA selects 12-man squad for FIBA Asia Championship

Sep 11, 2015

JBA selects 12-man squad for FIBA Asia Championship

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The Japan Basketball Association announced the men’s national team roster for the upcoming FIBA Asia Championship on Friday. Star veteran point guard Yuta Tabuse, 34, of the Link Tochigi Brex, headlines the 12-man squad, which also features some versatile outside players, including teammates Kosuke ...

Tokashiki eager to put new skills on display

Aug 25, 2015

Tokashiki eager to put new skills on display

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Less than a week before the Japan women’s national team begins competing at the FIBA Asia Championship, Seattle Storm rookie Ramu Tokashiki returned home to join the squad. Her WNBA club, meanwhile, has seven games remaining this season. On the court one day after ...